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David Pastrňák
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Born 25 May 1996 (1996-05-25) (age 23),
Havířov, Czech Republic
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Boston Bruins
Ntl. team Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2014
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2012–present

David Pastrňák (Czech pronunciation: [ˈdavɪt ˈpastr̩ɲaːk]; born 25 May 1996) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Bruins in the first round, 25th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Early lifeEdit

Pastrňák's father wanted him to play ice hockey. Following a lengthy battle with cancer, his father died.[1] David accounts this as the reason why he began practicing and training so hard, to make it as a hockey player for his father. He later started training with the Boston Bruins.

Playing careerEdit

During the 2011–12 season, Pastrňák led the Czech under-18 league in goals (41)[2] and points (68).[3] It was announced that on 15 July 2014, that the Bruins had signed him to a three-year entry-level contract.[4]

Pastrňák attended Bruins training camp for the 2014–15 season before being assigned to the Providence Bruins, the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, on October 7, 2014. He later made his NHL debut with the Bruins on 24 November 2014, logging 7:53 of ice time in a 3–2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored the first two goals of his NHL career against Ray Emery on 10 January 2015, as the initial pair of goals resulting in a 3–1 Bruins matinée road win over the Philadelphia Flyers.[5] On 29 March, Pastrňák became the first teenaged Bruins player in team history to score an overtime, game-winning goal in regular season play in Boston's 2–1 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes.[6] At the end of the season, he was one of just two players selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft to play in more than 40 NHL games during the 2014–15 season, and along with fellow Bruins rookie Ryan Spooner, led Boston in offence during the last 20 games of the season.[7]

During a Bruins home game of the 2015–16 regular season, against the Pittsburgh Penguins on 24 February 2016, Pastrnak became the youngest Bruins player ever to score a penalty shot goal only four minutes into the game, as the first goal en route to a 5–1 Bruins defeat of the Penguins. His popularity in Boston has led to Bruins fans giving him the nickname "Pasta".[8]

On October 28, 2016, Pastrnak was suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi [9]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 AZ Havířov CZE.3 20000 20000
2012–13 Södertälje SK J20 3612172967 422410
2012–13 Södertälje SK Allsv 112130 50000
2013–14 Södertälje SK J20 11120 20000
2013–14 Södertälje SK Allsv 368162424
2014–15 Providence Bruins AHL 2511172812 30000
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 46 1017 278
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 51 1511 2620
2015–16 Providence Bruins AHL 3 1342
2016-17 Boston Bruins NHL 72 32 36 68 34
NHL totals 168 57 64 121 62

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Czech Republic U17 8th 5 0 1 1 0
2013 Czech Republic IH18 Bronze medal icon 4 2 2 4 2
2013 Czech Republic WJC18 7th 5 1 1 2 4
2014 Czech Republic WJC18 Silver medal icon 7 0 5 5 2
2014 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 2 3 0
2015 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 6 7 4
2016 Czech Republic WJC 5th 4 1 3 4 0
2016 Czech Republic WC 5th 8 1 5 6 4
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th 3 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 35 6 20 26 12
Senior totals 11 1 5 6 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. David Pastrnak – A portrait (25 February 2014).
  2. Czech U18 most goals. eliteprospects.com (2014-06-27). Retrieved on 2014-06-27.
  3. Czech U18 most points. eliteprospects.com (2014-06-27). Retrieved on 2014-06-27.
  4. Bruins sign David Pastrnak, Matt Bartkowski. bigbadblog.com (2014-07-15). Retrieved on 2014-07-15.
  5. Kimelman, Adam (10 January 2015). Pastrnak's first two NHL goals lead Bruins past Flyers. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 10 January 2015.
  6. Hunter, Brian (31 March 2015). Panthers aim to gain ground on Bruins in wild card. National Hockey League.
  7. David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask Among Positives From Bruins’ 2014–15 Season
  8. Pastrnak Leads Bruins to 5–1 Win Over Pittsburgh. Boston Bruins (2016-02-25).
  9. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/bruins-david-pastrnak-suspended-two-games-for-illegal-hit-on-rangers-girardi/

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Malcolm Subban
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Jakub Zboril
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